Sen. Menendez Statement on Signing of NJ DREAM Act

Sen. Menendez Statement on Signing of NJ DREAM Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) released the following statement today upon the ceremonial signing of the NJ Dream Act, a bill that allows undocumented immigrants in New Jersey to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities:

"Today, New Jersey becomes a more welcoming and inclusive state for immigrants and their families," said Sen. Menendez. "This commonsense policy will ensure that New Jersey high school students aren't denied a college education and the chance to pursue the American dream. We have already invested in these young men and women and they deserve the same opportunity to harness their talents and reach their full potential as anybody else who grew up and attended school in New Jersey.

"I am thrilled to be marching toward a more promising future for DREAMers one step at a time. This legislation puts us one step closer to turning the dream of finally fixing our nation's broken immigration system into a reality."

Last year, Senator Menendez helped write and pass the comprehensive legislation that would establish a clear pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, while allowing thousands of young men and women to achieve their full potential with the strongest national DREAM Act provisions in history. This proposal remains before the US House of Representatives.